The $1,000 Seniors Event is one of two non open events on the World Series of Poker (the other being the Ladies Event) as you have to be 50 years or older to enter. With that limitation you might think this might be a small field, but the event attracted an astounding 2,707 players... a sell out. PPA Chairman and former New York Senator Alfonse D'Amoto played in this event. It took the better part of three days before the players even managed to make the final table and when they did this is how it looked:
Seat 1: Barry Bounds
Seat 2: Dan DeLatorre
Seat 3: Robert Beck
Seat 4: Michael Morusty
Seat 5: Richard McCall
Seat 6: Art Duncan
Seat 7: Charles Simon
Seat 8: Michael Davis
Seat 9: Scott Buller
Robert Beck was the first player to hit the rail when he moved all in over the top of Michael Morusty's bet on a J-9-6 flop with K-J and was called quickly by Morusty who had flopped a set of sixes. Beck was unable to catch up and his WSOP final table experience was a short one. Robert Beck finished in 9th place winning $53,208.
A short stacked Richard McCall followed soon after when he moved all in with Q-J on a . It was a bit of bad timing though as his opponent Dan DeLatorre had flopped a flush with the . No miracle arrived and DeLatorre transferred the remainder of McCall's chips into his stack. Richard McCall finished in 8th place winning $56,903.
The players were dropping like flies and Art Duncan was next to fall when he moved all in over the top of Charles Simon opening raise with K-J. Simon made the call with K-Q and when a queen flopped it was all but over for Duncan. The turn and river were no help and Art Duncan finished in 7th place winning $64,047.
Barry Bounds doubled up with pocket aces against the nines of Michael Davis to move his stack to 900K. With the blinds now at 25K/50K, Dan Delatorre moved all in for approximately 600K from under the gun and Michael Morusty tanked for nearly a minute before making the call. Everyone else folded and Morusty was convinced he was beat as he turned over pocket kings. Delatorre merely had though and although he picked up a gutshot straight draw it was the cowboys that ended up winning the pot. Dan Delatorre finished in 6th place winning $76,118.
The ever aggressive Scott Buller who had been playing a lot of pots, and not slowly at that, opened the action for 200K. Charles Simon moved all in from the small blind and Buller made the call. Simon had A-Q and found out that sometimes the aggressive guys actually do have a hand as Buller had A-K. A king on the turn gave Buller the pot and Charles Simon finished in 5th place winning $95,332.
Buller continued his aggressive ways raising to 150K on Michael Morusty's big blind. Morusty asked Buller if he was picking on him again and Buller responded by saying he'd show him how much he was picking on him. Morusty didn't seem too concerned though as he put in a raise. Buller instantly moved all in and Morusty called even quicker, proudly flipping over pocket aces which were way ahead of the A-K Buller held. The flop was a great one for Buller though as it came . Buller had flopped top pair and with the ace of clubs in his hand, he actually had a ton of ways to win the hand. The on the turn meant the improbable had happened and Buller had cracked Morusty's aces. Michael Morusty finished in 4th place winning $126,863.
With the blinds at 30K/60K, Michael Davis opened from the button for 360K and Barry Bounds moved all in from the big blind with A-6. Davis made the call with the . Bounds would miraculously hit a straight on the river but it wasn't enough as the river was a third spade that gave Davis the nut flush. Barry Bounds finished in 3rd place winning $179,210.
Davis wasn't messing around. Buller opened for 225K and Davis moved all in for over 2.25 million more. It worked as Buller made the call and turned over pocket 9's. Davis had the nuts though with pocket aces and doubled up to take the chip lead. Buller was in excellent position to get a lot of those chips back though when he moved all in over the top of Davis's re-raise and was called. Buller had A-J to the A-9 of Davis. The flop came 5-4-3 giving Davis a chance at a chop if a deuce came. Much better than a chop though would be a 9 and that's precisely what came on the turn. The river was a 4 and Scott Buller finished in 2nd place winning $268,507.
Michael Davis slid under the radar for most of the final table but suddenly found himself heads up for the bracelet. Picking up aces at the perfect time, he took over the chip lead and with a bit of good fortune was able to eliminate his opponent to win his first WSOP bracelet. Michael Davis finished in 1st place winning $437,358. Congratulations Michael!